Thursday, February 26, 2015

PROBATION CITY: Catalytic Converter Thieves Plead Guilty, Get Unsupervised Release

L to R: Williamson, Perry
Two of the five men who were charged in connection with the theft of 24 catalytic converters last month have reached plea deals.

Mychael Williamson, 18, and Angelo Perry, 22, each pleaded guilty to one count of theft of lost or mislaid property on Monday. Both were sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, which is essentially unsupervised probation.

Three other men are due back in court next month on similar charges.

The five, all members of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang according to police, were arrested after their van crashed near Addison and Lincoln early on January 6. Police say they found 24 stolen catalytic converters and a saw in the vehicle.

A Second Chance

Meanwhile, a woman who was charge with theft after allegedly breaking into a car near Wilton and Belmont—only to be found with her cell phone inexplicably operating in Japanese language mode—has pleaded guilty to attempted theft.

Nefertiti Ruffin-Hall, 21, received two years of "second chance probation." Charges were dropped against her alleged companion, Learthur Brooks.
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40 comments:

  1. Oh for fucks sake.

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    1. Could not have said it better myself!

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  2. "Police say they found 24 stolen catalytic converters and a saw in the vehicle."

    "[E]ach pleaded guilty to one count of theft of lost or mislaid property."

    LOL -- yeah, I hate all those catalytic converters that people are always leaving just laying around all over the place. It's worse than keeping track of your car keys. Why, you can't walk down the street without tripping over at least 5 or 10 catalytic converters that car owners have lost or mislaid.

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    1. Go back to the post when they were arrested and you'll see why they were charged the way they were. And don't blame us, it's the SA and judges who are soft on crime.

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  3. "Both were sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, which is essentially unsupervised probation."

    So essentially no punishment? So they'll be back in our neighborhood next week doing the same thing again...

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    1. Exactly.That's justice???

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    2. Yep, with no real consequences for their actions, they will continue doing as always. So the victims and other honest folks get stung again. No surprise, that's justice today. Too bad the victims aren't as important as the misguided lads. Both such pleasant looking young gangsters, they certainly deserve every break available.

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  4. Who was the asst. DA for this one? Anita Alvarez needs to go.

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  5. Is this the fault of the arresting officers and the initial charges? Or lack of victims willing to press charges? Or the prosecutors? Or the judge? Or is that part of a conspiracy to keep down the reported crime numbers? Where to begin...

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  6. Ridiculous. Not even a slap on the hand!

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  7. Williamson looks especially mean.

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    1. They both look mean as shit. Guess the judge thought so, too, when issuing a mere slap on the wrist.

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  8. If you can't do the time...oh wait, there is no time, so they can do the crime, again and again.

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  9. And they'll be right back in your neighborhood enjoying your hospitality! Enjoy!

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  10. Great job in re-electing Tom "Tough on Crime" Tunney in the 44th Ward.

    Expect more of the same.

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    1. He's an alderman, not the States Atty or judge. How about placing blame where it's due now the he's been re-elected with 67%...

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    2. Which means 67% of the 44th ward has their head up their ass. Sorry (not sorry)! Tunny may just be an alderman, but he is supposed to represent us, tell us the truth (we are knee-deep in crime, violent and otherwise) and he is supposed to fight to get us more policeman in the 19th district. Has he done any of that? The answer is no. He has outright lied to his constituents (his neighbors) and told them all is well and therefore made all of us sitting ducks. He's a man without a moral compass.

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    3. "He's a man without a moral compass."

      Could not have said it any better. ALL of our "leaders" who lie to us about the crime and violence plaguing our city are putting all of us in danger. Shame on all of them.

      People of the 46th....we still have a change to vote out that wimp Cappleman! Let's show that worthless douche the door!

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  11. I'm sure they learned their lesson and won't commit crime again (insert laughter here).

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  12. No risk all reward. What a joke. They really beat the case, now it is ok in their mind.

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    1. Exactly. What really burns me up is all the people they harmed....all the $$$ these folks will have to dish out to have their vehicles repaired....insurance or no insurance. Unreal that these worthless pieces of shit barely get a slap on the wrist and will commit crime after crime after crime until they either get shot of finally escalate to a very serious crime and finally go away for a long time.

      Seems the criminals get to do whatever the hell they want, while law abiding, tax paying citizens continued to be victimized.

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  13. I think the bigger issue is the junk yards that buy these catalytic converters. They know that they are most likely stolen yet buy them anyways. These junk yards attract all sorts of criminals. The metal "scrappers" are always up to no good as well.

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    1. I mentioned that before as well. These cat converter thefts could be very easily stopped.

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  14. Each of the 24 thefts cost car owners a minimum of $500 and many $1000 in deductibles and the inconvenience of not being able to use their cars.
    These slugs know that they won't face jail time and they will continue their life of crime. It's what they know.

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  15. Honestly how would you guys imagine proving they stole the cat converters? There's only so much the DA has to work with.

    Also I'd much rather have resource being spent on making sure there are fewer people getting guns pulled on them at 2am, than making sure your ipad you left on your driver's seat is still there next day.

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    1. Gang members in a car with 24 cat converters and a saw. I'd rather the DA take chances with a jury. I mean if they're found not guilty, they get practically the same punishment they did here.

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    2. You don't think that a bunch of "Travelling Vice Lords" aren't the kinds of people who, you know, pull guns on people at 2 am?

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  16. traveling Vice Lords, you caught them with luck, don't let them go... come on. This was one night of activity. Can you imagine what a year of their shopping, gang banging, etc. looks like. When you get them keep them in jail. Just ridiculous. Gangs = anarchy.

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  17. my suggestion is to set up a car as a trojan horse on the street to bait these assholes when they resume their nocturnal metal gathering. Remove the lug nuts and set the tires right to the edge and replace the hubcap. When they crawl under the car to start sawing it will collapse on them.I'll bet that will be the last catalytic converter stolen in that area.

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    1. Wrong. Then the thugs would turn around and sue somebody, claiming "discrimination," "racism," "loss of potential income," and so on. You know how that goes. The worst part is that some lame-ass spineless judge would side with them and award them billions and hundreds and thousands of dollars.

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    2. If cars still had hubcaps, they all would have been stolen in Lakeview already. Be thankful we still don't have hood ornaments to worry about anymore either.

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  18. My mind is finally made; I'm getting a neck tattoo...

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  19. If Garcia wins the mayoral election on April 7th, just think of the 19th District police manpower and resources that will be available from no longer having to guard Rahm's castle 24/7/365!

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    1. Good point!!!! That is enough for me to vote for Garcia!

      Actually, I already did vote for him. We need to get Rahm the dictator OUT. If Garcia sucks, we vote him out in 4 years.

      Just think....if Rahm loses this election, this will be the END of his career in politics. We will be doing the entire country a service by removing this egomaniac from politics!!!

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  20. Maybe Mr. Williamson is acting out because he's going bald at 18. Lol what a loser.

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  21. The moron got re-elected and best of luck to you all in 19 west.

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  22. 24 catalytic converters, each worth about $500 for a total of $24,000 worth of stolen goods, and they plea guilty to a misdemeanor charge? Is it any wonder that crime pays? What kind of deterrence is this to keep from doing it again?

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    1. You must have gone to Chicago Public Schools. 24 X $500 = $12,000

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  23. Be careful everyone tonight. Back each other up, going to be a busy Saturday night.
    A lot of down cars and one man cars Again??
    Same officers always taking the weekends off. Every weekend. Maybe this job isn't for some.
    Be safe listen up for the one man cars.

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